This week, GM Authority reported that Buick will introduce 12 new vehicles in China by 2025, including five nameplates from the upcoming family of all-electric Electra models. In addition to the all-new Buick GL8 Century MPV, one of the seven internal combustion models is the upcoming Buick Envista crossover has just been leaked.
China’s authorities took the scoop out of SAIC-GM’s hands by releasing the company’s product statement for the new Buick Envista, an all-new compact crossover that will expand Buick’s crossover portfolio in the Chinese market and be positioned between the current Buick Encore GX and Buick Envision S.
As GM Authority exclusively reported, GM applied to register the name “Envista” as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2019. This new nameplate is inspired by the name of the Buick Avista Concept but with the prefix “En” used in all crossovers.
Leaked images of the upcoming Buick Envista show a coupe-style crossover with a low roofline and prominent tailgate, something we haven’t yet seen in the utility vehicle lineup. The Envista embraces the recent evolution of Buick’s design language with its new front end, featuring a large lower grille, shark-nose-like appearance with the new logo, and split headlights.
The side and rear end have design elements similar to those of the current models, except for the bulky rear section with high brake lights and the new logo. The Envista measures 182.6 inches long, 71.5 inches wide, 61.6 inches tall, and rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase – the last two measurements being identical to those of the upcoming Chevy Seeker.
|Buick Envista||Chevy Seeker|
|Length (in / mm):||182.6 / 4,638||178.6 / 4,537|
|Width (in / mm):||71.5 / 1,816||71.7 / 1,823|
|High (in / mm):||61.6 / 1,565||61.6 / 1,564|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||106.3 / 2,700||106.3 / 2,700|
The dimensions and drivetrain of the upcoming Buick Envista show that it is closely related to the forthcoming Chevy Seeker, with whom it will share GM’s VSS-F platform. The Envista will be equipped with GM’s new turbocharged 1.5L I4 engine that delivers 177 horsepower.
The new Buick Envista will officially debut later this year in China as a new crossover positioned in the lower C-segment, offering a different body style in the most in-demand category of the global auto market. It’s unknown now if Buick plans to offer the all-new Envista in North America.